September 22, 2014

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Craig’s first child’s death ruled undetermined

LORAIN — The cause of death of Corey and Saleana Craig’s child in November 2011 was ruled undetermined, but an unsafe sleep position on soft bedding was believed to be a factor, according to a report from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Corey Craig, 19, is facing child endangering and domestic violence charges after another child, his 2-month-old daughter, was taken to the hospital with a severely broken arm and bruised face. Corey Craig told police that the family had been investigated in the past for the death of another child.

Powell Caesar, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the Medical Examiner’s Office is not re-examining its 2011 investigation of the child’s death.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, 2-month-old Matthew Sewell died at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland on Nov. 18, 2011, after he was found unresponsive in his crib two days prior.

“It was determined that on the evening of November 16, 2011, the said Matthew J. Sewell was in an unsafe sleeping position, on soft bedding, when he collapsed in an undetermined circumstance and subsequently expired,” according to the report.

Cuyahoga County Children Services spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said the agency did its own investigation of the family which revealed “safety concerns” in the home. She would not elaborate on those concerns, but the agency has temporary custody of the family’s other child.

Madigan said the agency did not believe Corey and Saleana’s 2-month-old child was in any danger, and that child wasn’t taken into protective custody nor was Lorain County Children Services contacted when the family moved from Cuyahoga County to Lorain County.

On April 18, Corey Craig pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his case was sent to a county grand jury for consideration of felony charges. He was ordered to stay away from the hospital his child was sent to, as well as the family’s home, according to court documents.

Lorain County Children Services is now involved.

During questioning, police said Corey Craig initially lied and told police he had no idea what caused his daughter’s injuries. He later admitted he was playing with his daughter, when he slipped and fell and dropped her on the ground when she started crying and could not move her arm, according to a police report.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.